GC football scores another winBy ANDY RUSSELL
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” These words were uttered by famous Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi and they still ring true through today, especially with the GC football team. They know that they haven’t played a perfect game yet this year because there are always things to work on, but they are nevertheless in pursuit of perfection.
They gained one more step with a huge win this past weekend over UVAWise at Toyota Stadium. This game marked their fifth win over Mid-South Conference opponents and their sixth win overall.
They now stand at 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the MSC with one divisional game left against Lindsey Wilson on Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. This is GC’s fifth straight win since starting the season 1-2. They have scored over 50 points in all of their wins this season and lost both games by a combined eight points.
Saturday’s win was no different than the previous four; lots of offense and a streaky, yet stingy defense. The game started fast and both teams were able to take advantage early, but a blocked extra point by middle linebacker Clay Brown allowed GC to take a huge advantage in momentum and it led to a lead early on.
Junior quarterback Kaelin Ammons was able to put together a four-play 30-yard drive that led to a GC advantage at 16-9. The Tigers would never look back.
Although GC’s defense has struggled at times this year, allowing 58 points to Pikeville College and 40 points to University of Cumberlands, their struggles have mainly been in the first half. And the trend stayed the same against UVAWise.
They struggled in the first, but really put up a tough fight in the second half. The visiting team managed just 85 yards and a fumble in the third quarter against the stingy Tigers defense, making it one of their best defensive stands of the year.
A big key to the defensive stands in the second half was the play of Brown. Brown, the junior from Pickerington, Ohio, had nine tackles, three of which were solo and an interception returned for 10 yards. He played a great defensive game and was a big part of the Tigers’ success. This win gave GC the ability to control its own fate in the MSC.
With one game left, the Tigers are looking good as they head towards the postseason. They are aiming for perfection in the MSC, and although they may not attain it, when you shoot for the stars you will always land above the rest. The Tigers are on-track to be the best and beat the rest.
Soccer endsBy ANDY RUSSELL
At the end of the day, you have to respect the record, and the GC women’s soccer team has a good one. With the season over, their record stands at 11-6 with a 6-2 record in the Mid-South Conference. They knew it would be good enough for third place, but the recent slump by University of Cumberlands, losing two in a row, made their record good enough for third place. This is head coach Leah Crews Castleman’s third season at GC and they have improved in each of her seasons. They finished fourth in 2008 and third in 2009. They now sit at second place heading into the MSC Tournament and they are mentally rested. Coach Castleman gave her team four days off to take a mental break from the game since they have been going hard since the beginning of August.
Meagher brings female
perspective to “Conversations”
Olympic champion swimmer Mary T. Meagher believes the only way a society can survive is through collective integrity and the development of character at a young age.
“I’ve always been happier trying to live a life beyond reproach,” said Meagher, nicknamed “Madame Butterfly” after winning three gold medals in the 1984 Olympics. “I know anytime you compromise your values, you dig a hole for yourself…and it gets increasingly harder to dig yourself out.”
Meagher will be the first to give a female perspective on the “decline of character in sports” in the series of fireside chats known as “Conversations with Champions at Georgetown College” on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Hill Chapel. She is the third guest of Billy Reed, our newest Executive Scholar-in- Residence, following C.M. Newton, a former NCAA Rules Committee Chairman and University of Kentucky Athletic Director, and successful Louisville businessman and PGA board member Junior Bridgeman, a former U of L and NBA star.
Meagher, a native of Louisville, is one of the athletes Reed most admired when he was sports editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal and special correspondent for Sports Illustrated. “I was very touched when Mary T stepped onto the awards platform in Los Angeles. She’s always carried herself with a lot of dignity and grace. Her whole life is a good example.”
Student-athletes who are constantly confronted with temptation, however, will still be able relate to Meagher. “I had such a reputation that I wasn’t tempted as a student,” she recalled. “But did I feel left out in high school and college with the drinking scene? Absolutely. I don’t regret being sort of a goody-goody, though.” And, to this day she said, she will stop with one glass of wine because being able to work out the next day is more important to her.
Plus, she and her husband, Mike, have two teenagers for whom they have high expectations and set an example. Cheerleader Maddie is a freshman in high school; Drew, who’s now focusing on basketball and baseball, is a 7th-grader. “We’re raising two great kids who appreciate a dollar, do chores and respect others,” Meagher said.
A Sociology major in college, Meagher said she comes at character- development and child-rearing from more of a religious standpoint than does her husband. She’s been known to tell her children, “You’ll get there if you do what God wants you to do.” Also president of their Homeowners’ Association in Peachtree City, Ga., she likes to share some of conflicts she must resolve with Maddie and Drew and pose that question, “What would Jesus do?”
Unfortunately, Mary’s husband won’t be along for her event at Georgetown College, as he could’ve given his take on how character on the collegiate level plays into professional sports these days. Mike Plant is Executive Vice President of Business Operations for Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. A former Olympic speed skater, he met Mary when they were both their sport’s representatives on the Athletes Advisory Council to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
While competitive, Mary T. Meagher dominated her event–the butterfly–winning the three golds at the ’84 Olympics and reigning as world champion in 1982 over 100 meters and in 1986 in the 200. She also set two world butterfly records over 100 meters, and five over 200 meters, beginning in 1979. After her prime, in the ’88 Olympics, she took bronze in the 200 meters and a silver in the medley relay.
Reed calls Meagher “the best female athlete ever produced in Kentucky.” An aquatic center in her hometown’s Crescent Hill Park bears her name. Mary’s sister, Anne Meagher Northup, is a former U.S. Congresswoman.
In 1988, by then past her prime, she earned a bronze in the 200 meter butterfly and a silver on the medley relay. Meagher would likely have won both butterfly events in 1980 had the United States not boycotted the Moscow Olympics.Georgetown College News Bureau
Boise bowlsBy ANDY RUSSELL
Here we go again. There seems to be a repeat offender every year when it comes the BCS and that is a little school in Boise, Id.: Boise State. This school is a very good school, extremely talented in football, but isn’t ready for the Bowl Championship Series Championship Game. Let’s leave that game up to the big boys (I’m talking about you, Auburn and Oregon).
What about when Boise beat Oklahoma in 2007 during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl? Let me remind you that they had to pull out multiple trick plays and it was the making of a perfect upset. Who can forget the Statue of Liberty play and Ian Johnson running into the end zone? Watching that over and over still sends chills up my spine because it was a defining moment in American sports history. The Boise State “Statue of Liberty” play stands out to my generation of young sports lovers like “the catch” does to men of that generation or “the drive” does to men of the late 80s. Yes, it was a great play, but they couldn’t pull that off now.
What about when Boise beat Virginia Tech early on this season in the nation’s capital? They beat a Virginia Tech team that went on to lose to James Madison, 21-16. And James Madison is from the Colonial Athletic Association, a conference that boasts Division I powerhouses like Hofstra, Delaware, VCU and William and Mary.
Boise hasn’t had a respectable win on their schedule and they won’t get one the rest of the year. This team is good, they have talent and they have a good coaching staff, but as long as they are outside of the traditional power conferences, they will not be in the National Title game. The Boise debate will probably end again this season if Auburn and Oregon remain unbeaten. If either one of them lose, the argument gets a whole lot more interesting.